i’m so happy my taxes got done in february; today i can concentrate on knitting and not worry about them.
several of you wrote me to ask about this yarn with which i am beginning my next sock. it is a custom color, grey poupon (this photo is closer to true),
i have been eyeing the grey poupon all this time, intending to knit it up into sock using a caterpillar stitch from my 365 stitches calendar (see may 15; in fact, i’m gonna shoot for having the pattern ready to release that day, now that i see the date is drawing near).
i also started the second sock de la mer (sock of the sea)
and am happily winding my way down the sea-weedy leg toward the heel.
it got cold here again and this morning it was just 29 degrees. and yet, amazing things are happening out in the garden. see this??
something’s happening there. something good is going to erupt from that spot soon. it’s either a hosta (maybe my little lime one!) or a toad lily, not sure. far be it from me to mark out where everything lives. and then there are the asiatic lilies.
they are coming up in droves all of a sudden. i think these cycles of very warm days alternating with colder ones, and sun alternating with rain are really making things move along. the on saturday there was one solomon seal just breaking the ground, and today
an entire brigade of them.
the epimedium is just barely raising its head, but shows promise of a great spreading out
but most heartening was what i found today—a much-awaited sight
i was a little worried about the asparagus bed. i think of it as a spring vegetable, and the markets have been filling with it for the last couple of weeks. but our own asparagus showed no signs of life, and since we started with purchased crowns last year, i had no idea when to expect them to show up. hopefully there are lots more to come.
it promises to be a good gardening year
so far everything that’s comes up is thick and lush. let’s hope it’s the same for the veggies.
ok, now for the big surprise. it’s something i know you’ve been awaiting and we’ve all been very patient. the other night (late) i got the important email i’d been wishing for. amanda had grafted her whispering pines triangle edging just moments before.
after i squealed out loud, i
badgered asked her when we could block it—how about now??
we made a date for last evening and put it up to soak while we had tea and knit for a bit.
then we got to work
and man, was it so fun! i had never done a blocking ménage à trois before, but i highly recommend it. the only drawback was that it was over so fast.
a shot of amanda’s favorite section—the snow drifts just above the edging. and a bit of the pine forest which is my favorite.
here is the edging
and what about that color?? yowza. michelle outdid herself with that one . . . we just love it.
don’t laugh or scoff at me, but i really love how it sorta looks like a bandanna.
i’ve always wanted to do a manLace triangle that looked like a bandanna and this one is pretty close to that idea (but i have an even better one in my head).
here are a few morning-after shots
i could go on and on, but i think you get the idea.
all in all, a good night’s work